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801. Sep 30, 2013
Tanka fan continues tradition of Tanka snacks and Alaskan views
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our friend Peter Nelson, a resident of Kyle, SD, -- the location of our headquarters -- took a trip out to the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska recently. He is working on his PhD in Botany through Oregon State University (more...)



802. Sep 25, 2013
Tanka team welcomes longtime friend and his tour group from Germany
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
When longtime Tanka friend Dr. Dirk Rohrbach stopped by our headquarters this week, I tried to greet him with a handshake, but he wouldn't have it. A hug was a better greeting this time around (I think he just needed to warm up a little) (more...)



803. Sep 20, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: Buffalo wings
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
A game-day favorite but Tanka is better (more...)



805. Sep 19, 2013
Cooking with Tanka: Spicy Tanka Paella by Erik Wolf
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We had a contest recently where we asked all of you to send us your favorite recipe using any of our Tanka products. Here is a fantastic recipe from Erik Wolf of Dallas, Texas. He's the guitar player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band Green Mild Bell Peppers (more...)



807. Sep 13, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: If you can't take a hit
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Words to live by on or off the field! (more...)



809. Sep 10, 2013
"I spend a lot of time on the road and these work well for me"
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
08.01.13 Tanka bars By Kathy from Englewood

Love these bars! Found them in local shop and have been ordering these on line ever sense. Moist, chewy & filling. You know what your eating which is very important to me (more...)



810. Sep 09, 2013
Tanka company featured in Intertribal Buffalo Council magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Intertribal Buffalo Council magazine Buffalo Tracks highlighted Tanka Bar and president Mark Tilsen in its Summer 2013 edition.

The magazine features 58 tribes serving the Buffalo Nation in 19 states (more...)



812. Sep 06, 2013
Cooking with Tanka: the Tanka Loaf by Scottie P
the Tanka Team
We recently had a recipe contest, and although we only could have one winner , we would like to share some of the great recipes that came out of it. This is one of our Facebook fans Scottie P's Tanka Loaf (more...)



814. Sep 06, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: Every day is Friday
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Gotta love Ta-TANKA (more...)



816. Sep 03, 2013
Shipment of new packaging hits Tanka headquarters
the Tanka Team
The new packaging launch for our Tanka products is in full gear. Our graphic artist, Kevin Brown of Smart Set, sent us the above video showing the recent printing process. Our president, Mark Tilsen, was recently on site to see the rollout first-hand (more...)



819. Sep 03, 2013
Ken Tilsen, 1927-2013
the Tanka Team
Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter and the team at Native American Natural Foods extends our condolences to our President, Mark Tilsen, and his family in the death of Mark's father, Ken Tilsen, Saturday in Hudson, WI (more...)



820. Aug 28, 2013
Community-focused festival on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation creates fun and cultural environment
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where our headquarters is located, isn't short of colorful and family-friendly events to take part -- especially over the summer months.

The Wazi Paha Festival, which took place this past weekend, celebrates community and culture (more...)



822. Aug 27, 2013
Native community in Baltimore sings Tanka Bar's praises
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We got the above amazing photo from the good people of Native American Lifelines which is an IHS contract site and designated Urban Indian Organization in Baltimore, MD.

They are big fans of Tanka Bar and used our products for a recent culture class (more...)



823. Aug 27, 2013
Documentary filmmakers at Tanka headquarters for independent film
the Tanka Team
We are very excited to announce that Native American Natural Foods has been selected to be part of a documentary film about innovative social entrepreneurs. Our fantastic team at headquarters are being interviewed and profiled in this film

As part of a series of films commissioned by Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with American Express, the film is being directed by award-winning film maker Gini Reticker ( Pray the Devil Back to Hell , among many others) and produced by Andrew (more...)



824. Aug 26, 2013
Winning Tanka recipe comes from an old friend
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We recently had a contest where we asked all of you to enter a recipe using Tanka products. Turns out the winning recipe belongs to our friend Marco Frucht. Marco is from Connecticut and is a poet, songwriter, folksinger and classical guitarist who is a big fan of Tanka Bar (more...)



826. Aug 22, 2013
Tanka Bar Jason makes an appearance in the kitchen
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We had a rare treat at the Tanka Bar headquarters.

Our marketing specialist, Jason Stover, spearheaded our weekly lunch recently. Usually the ladies cook something healthy or in my case, paleo, for our once-a-week group lunch (more...)



828. Aug 21, 2013
Tanka CEO to be featured on KEVN Black Hills FOX News
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
KEVN Black Hills FOX News of Rapid City, SD, came to the Tanka headquarters today to interview CEO Karlene Hunter for a story about the company.

The feature is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, Aug (more...)



830. Aug 21, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: Guess what day it is?!
the Tanka Team
Who need a camel when you've got buffalo? (more...)



832. Aug 20, 2013
Technology-focused SeniorNet contributes computer manuals to Tanka team
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Native American Natural Foods recently received useful software manuals from SeniorNet , a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of computer-using adults, age 50 and older.

SeniorNet has been working with the Department of Interior and actively looking to identify Native tribes and organizations to support (more...)



833. Aug 20, 2013
Films focus on environmental issues in the Black Hills
the Tanka Team
The following edited press release comes from the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance , which has the goal to prevent uranium and rare earth element mining in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

If you are in the Rapid City area, consider checking out these films (more...)



834. Aug 16, 2013
Tanka team member wins national title
the Tanka Team
We are very excited for our attorney Ed Gehres from Patton Boggs today. He won a national title at the US Rowing Masters! And it was wonderful of him to take this photo in a Tanka T-shirt while wearing his medal (more...)



836. Aug 14, 2013
Tanka business manager shares her garden for work lunches
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Dawn Sherman, our business manager at Tanka Bar, has a large garden at her home that she tends to with her family.

Over the last few months, Dawn has shared many vegetables from her garden with everyone at our headquarters and supplies them for our weekly healthy meals (more...)



838. Aug 13, 2013
South Dakota wraps up the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
South Dakota was all abuzz last week for the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Sturgis is about 120 miles from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It was my first time experiencing the Rally, which takes place throughout Sturgis and I had a great time taking photos as well as catching up with our business manager Dawn Sherman and her friends (more...)



840. Aug 12, 2013
Native-based coffee company works to create sense of community, ownership
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
When Sharice Davids wanted to start a business to help the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where she lives, she chose one of her biggest passions -- coffee.

"I think as Native people we need to really start to grow businesses and economy for ourselves and with each other," she said (more...)



841. Aug 08, 2013
Local Pine Ridge family shares photos from Oglala Lakota Nation events
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi (Pow Wow) is the biggest event of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the location of our headquarters.

People from all over the US come out to experience the pow wow and related activities in celebration of the event (more...)



843. Aug 06, 2013
NPR reports on Tanka's recent listing as a top trend in natural food
the Tanka Team
Reporter Jim Kent did a feature on Tanka Bar which aired on South Dakota Public Broadcasting, a part of the National Public Radio network.

It covered our recent listing on the Sterling-Rice Group's report: "10 Top Trends in the Natural and Organic Space for 2013 (more...)



846. Aug 06, 2013
'Good stuff from good people'
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
07.04.13 thanks By Kevin from amherst

these are excellent

07.05.12 Natives Supporting Natives By Delvis from Seattle

Natives Supporting Natives

07.07.13 The best hot dogs By Sara from Aumsville

These are the best tasting, best for you hot dogs you can buy (more...)



847. Aug 06, 2013
Motorcycle ride to benefit Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce
the Tanka Team
If you are a motorcycle rider that will be in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation area this week, consider the Reservation Tour coming up Aug. 8. It benefits the PRACC Visitor Center in Kyle, SD. See details above (more...)



849. Aug 05, 2013
Long-time fans stop by Tanka headquarters for the first time
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
David Brown Eyes, a big fan of Tanka Bar and an occasional contributor to our website, stopped by our headquarters today.

He, along with his wife Jonette, were in town for the 28th Annual Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi (more...)



850. Aug 01, 2013
Paleo in a Food Desert: Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We had such a treat today for lunch when our supply chain manager Rachel Hunter found a great recipe on Pinterest (we are on there by the way).

Our business manager Dawn Sherman lives in Rapid City (90 miles out), the closest large town to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where we are located (more...)



852. Jul 31, 2013
Wisconsin health professionals fans of Tanka, stop by headquarters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We always love visits to the office, especially from our fans in the heatlh field. And we more than appreciate when they sing our praises.

Carolyn Devine and Ann Budzak Garza, M.D., from Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI, stopped by our headquarters recently (more...)



854. Jul 31, 2013
Tanka a go-to food for fan working in Afghanistan
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Greg Baker, a fan of Tanka Bar who connects with us on Facebook , took the above photo in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.

Mr. Baker is a retired Army Ranger and has sent us photos from Afghanistan before (more...)



856. Jul 25, 2013
Tanka's new packaging in production, in final stages
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our president Mark Tilsen has been working hard with the Belmark Inc. team to bring you our new and improved packaging due out in August.

Belmark is a label and package printing company based in De Pere, WI, and was awarded the Packaging Supplier of the Year Award by Schwan's Global Supply Chain (more...)



858. Jul 24, 2013
Busy paleo mom eats Tanka on the go
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We love it when our fans take to social media to share how they enjoy their Tanka products.

Megan Mosack -- a fit mom who tweets under the handle @mmosack -- shared the above photo stating it was her lunch for the day (more...)



859. Jul 24, 2013
Bay Area Tanka fan and food entrepreneur honored with 30 Under 30 accolade
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Last year I had the opportunity to do a Tanka tasting at one of our great retailers, Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco, CA. While there I met Shakirah Simley who is a community coordinator for the store and she actually is a big fan of Tanka (more...)



860. Jul 23, 2013
Local students get 'geared up' over Tanka
Jenice Johnson, manager of marketing and communications
The Tanka team was recently asked to speak to the local GEAR UP group at Little Wound School in Kyle, SD.

We were invited to have lunch with the students prior to speaking to the class as one of the students acted as our guide and host (more...)



861. Jul 22, 2013
Wimberly, Texas: Take a sip on the square with a side of Tanka
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our Twitter friend @Keith Norris of Ancestral Momentum tweeted us the above photo he shot of some of our Tanka Bars in a coffee shop in Wimberly, Texas.

Called Sip! on the Square , the shop also specializes in an assortment of hot and cold beverages and fresh baked (more...)



863. Jul 22, 2013
Tanka headquarters receives a visit from the Church of the Brethren
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Volunteers from the Church of the Brethren have been helping around the Kyle, SD, area for around 15 years.

The Church of the Brethren is a gathering from places all over the U.S. -- Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, and Kansas (more...)



864. Jul 19, 2013
Czech journalist tours Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, interviews Tanka CEO
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Tomas Nidr, a Czech journalist, stopped by the Tanka headquarters today and interviewed our Tanka Bar CEO, Karlene Hunter.

Ms. Hunter gave him a brief tour of the building and he introduced himself to the Tanka Bar staff (more...)



866. Jul 19, 2013
Oglala Lakota film producer and director receives Emmy
the Tanka Team
Exciting news today from Indian Country. We received the following release from Walt Pourier, an Oglala Lakota designer who created our Tanka Bar runner logo.

Oglala Lakota film producer and director Larry Pourier received an Emmy for directing the documentary Urban REZ with Rocking Mountain PBS (more...)



867. Jul 18, 2013
Field blaze visible from Tanka headquarters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
There is never a dull moment in the small town of Kyle, SD, where our headquarters is located.

A fire started today in a field down the way from the Tanka office and just meters away from a propane plant (more...)



868. Jul 17, 2013
Tanka fan gives advice on how to photograph a powwow
David Brown Eyes, photographer
Powwows are a public celebration of Native song, dance, food and culture that are open for anyone to enjoy. No one tribe can claim full ownership of the powwow but each nation has added their own style and flavor to the family friendly celebrations (more...)



869. Jul 16, 2013
Caveman-inspired fitness deal includes Tanka
the Tanka Team
Our great retail partners Onnit Labs are a fun group of guys. They created the above image for their new "Caveman Pack" page. The description of the pack is as follows:

"The Onnit 'Caveman Pack' deals are meant to help get you back in touch with your primal nature (more...)



870. Jul 16, 2013
Rapid City tasting proves people are just "wild" about Tanka
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
I had the pleasure of doing a Tanka tasting this past weekend at Wild Strawberry Market in Rapid City, SD, for their one-year anniversary celebration.

The store offered many other tasty samples along with our products (more...)



871. Jul 15, 2013
Seattle strongman lifts big, eats Tanka
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Brandon Morrison is a big fan of Tanka. So much so that when he placed an order for some of our products, including a few of our T-shirts, he posted a photo of his loot to his over 40,000-fan Facebook business page -- Lift Big, Eat Big (more...)



872. Jul 12, 2013
Tanka team excited about new packaging, gearing up for August launch
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We have been telling you about our upcoming new packaging due to launch in August for a few months now. But we recently got to enjoy gawking at some of the proofs! We had a little fun seeing our products' new look (more...)



873. Jul 11, 2013
Making the best of summer without expectations
Kieran Sequoia, wellness advocate
Editor's Note: Kieran Sequoia is a Native American, Mexican, French and Deutsch actor, producer and self-proclaimed happiness junkie living in New York City. She will periodically write blog posts about health and wellness for the Tanka website (more...)



875. Jul 10, 2013
Tanka ladies ward off snake at headquarters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
When a snake threatens the office our ladies don't run away, they take care of business.

Our business manager Dawn Sherman even tried to pick it up! Don't worry, it was only a bull snake. But we all did our share of squealing anyway!

Pictured above are Tonya Hunter, production manager, and Kelly Hunter, shipping specialist, in the top left corner (more...)



877. Jul 10, 2013
Tanka stays Onnit with Austin-based company
the Tanka Team
Our president Mark Tilsen recently met with the Onnit Labs team in Austin, Texas. Onnit is one of our great retail partners and can ship products to consumers overseas. Pictured above from left are: Mike, Aubrey, Mark and Josh (more...)



879. Jul 10, 2013
Round Rock REI staffer proves to be a big fan of Tanka Bar
Mark A. Tilsen, Sr., President, Native American Natural Foods
I met Linda Bassett at the REI in Round Rock, Texas, on July 4. She is an Anderson Award winner, which is a pretty big deal in the REI community. They flew her out to Seattle, WA, to receive the award (more...)



881. Jul 09, 2013
Pine Ridge emersion students visit Tanka Bar office, try new Tanka flavor
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Patrick Lynch (pictured in the back right corner in the above photo) worked with Red Cloud School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the 1990s.

Now he works at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in the San Francisco Bay Area in California (more...)



882. Jul 09, 2013
Apple Orange Peel flavor joins the Tanka product line
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The team at Native American Natural Foods is excited and proud to announce a new addition to our Tanka product line: Apple Orange Peel. This new flavor is set to roll out first in the Tanka Sticks by the end of March (more...)



884. Jul 09, 2013
"This is a snack that you don't have to feel guilty about" Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for June
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
06.03.13 Gift for my dad By Peter from Ponca City

I have been ordering from Tanka for years now and they have unmatched customer service and top-notch products. I'm always sharing my Tanka bars and Wild sticks to spread the good word (more...)



885. Jul 09, 2013
A summer class to remember: Wheaton College visits Tanka headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Gene Green, a professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, brought his class by recently to hear Tanka Bar's story. I met with Professor Green about two months ago and he was very interested in what the Tanka Bar is and how we run as a business (more...)



886. Jul 05, 2013
PHOTOS: Oglala Lakota College Class of 2013 marks 40th annual graduation
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Oglala Lakota College celebrated its 40th graduation recently when 129 students received their diplomas on the OLC Pow Wow grounds in Kyle, SD. The annual OLC Pow Wow followed the ceremony. Photos of both the ceremony and the pow wow are above (more...)



889. Jul 05, 2013
Oglala Lakota Nation mourns the passing of Oliver Red Cloud
the Tanka Team
Saying goodbye is never easy and this week we are saying goodbye to one of our Chiefs.

On July 4 the Oglala Lakota Nation lost one of our Itancan' (Chiefs) -- Oliver Red Cloud. Mr. Red Cloud was a descendent of Chief Red Cloud and worked to preserve our culture and language (more...)



890. Jul 03, 2013
Health-conscious fan takes Tanka wherever she goes
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our friend Misty Humphrey, who is committed to living a healthy lifestyle following the paleo diet, is a big fan of Tanka Bar. She sent us this photo of herself with one of our Tanka Traditional Bars.

"My Tanka Bars go with me! Today it's the Sierra Nevada Musical Festival," she wrote (more...)



892. Jul 01, 2013
Tanka gourmet gift basket in bidding war at Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce benefit auction
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Tanka Bar donated a Ta-Tanka Gourmet Gift Basket to an auction on June 28, 2013, benefiting the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce in Kyle, SD. The event took place in the Lakota Prairie Ra (more...)



893. Jul 01, 2013
Tanka energizes graduate student for classes, studying
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our new Facebook fan Kara is a graduate student at Montana State University in Bozeman. She is working on her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership.

She posted the above photo saying that she devoured her first Tanka Bar while sitting in class (more...)



894. Jun 28, 2013
Earth Tipi continues to inspire self-sufficiency on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The nonprofit organization Earth Tipi organized several fruit tree plantings last month throughout the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation which was part of a grant secured by the Fruit Free Planting Foundation (more...)



896. Jun 25, 2013
Native writer Gyasi Ross stops by Tanka booth at RES
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Tanka president, Mark Tilsen, along with CEO, Karlene Hunter, recently attended the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's Reservation Economic Summit .

Here Mr. Tilsen is pictured at the event (on the right) with a long-time friend of Tanka, (more...)



898. Jun 20, 2013
VIDEO: The Food Channel highlights Tanka as unique, healthy product
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Tanka Bar is featured in one of The Food Channel's videos from the recent National Restaurant Association Show.

Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications, was at the show and The Food Channel interviewed her about our Tanka products (more...)



900. Jun 19, 2013
Tanka leadership team make connections at the NCAIED Reservation Economic Summit
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our CEO, Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen, president, are currently at the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's Reservation Economic Summit. Ms. Hunter is on the board of directors for NCAIED (more...)